Friday, June 02, 2006

Making the most of it


As mentioned several times this week, the weather has not been very good in these parts, presenting flat grey skies and cold winds. A few times I have attempted to conquer the elements by going on photo hunting expeditions regardless of the conditions. The results were varied.

For the most part I tried to compose shots without including the sky, attempting to take advantage of the diffused light. Not a lot came of that, though a few macro flower shots (such as yesterdays) turned out fairly well. The compositions that included the sky required a lot of work in Photoshop. I decided to use them as an opportunity to improve my Photoshopping skills.

I used post processing to intensify this image that was otherwise unusable. While this is not necessarily a perfectly accurate representation of what I originally captured, the original composition has not been changed. I like the composition and hope to take a similar photo when the weather is being more cooperative. In the meantime, this remains a Photoshop practice piece.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 6mm, f/8.0, 1/30 sec, ISO 50

34 Comments:

Anonymous Ana said...

very cool composition, and the post processing is great.

11:52 AM, June 02, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely composition and awesome colors.

12:15 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Pya said...

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12:50 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Pya said...

Good job with Photoshop...the contrast between the dull sky and the orangish-yellowish-glow of the tracks works for me.

Nice shot...and good PP

12:51 PM, June 02, 2006  
Anonymous jlc said...

I love the red tones ;))

1:12 PM, June 02, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

Great perspective on this shot. Makes the photo along with the rusty tones. Nice work.

3:45 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

love it - awesome perspective wicked colours

5:06 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

Excellent, excellent, excellent! The color, perspective, everything! Did I mention that I think this is EXCELLENT?

5:27 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Amazing!!!! I love what you did with it. A+!

5:39 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Ah, looks like "Mr. Curves" has made an appearance here. Nicely done, Tim, and a really good composition.

Now... when is the freakin sun going to make an appearance up there?

6:01 PM, June 02, 2006  
Anonymous Rich said...

Amazing perspective and great DOF. Your composition is much stronger tha you post-processing.

7:53 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

The composition is wonderful, and I do like the effects of the post processing. Looks like a painting.

8:37 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Stray said...

Fabulous processing.

9:25 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger H.O said...

Hi Timmy.
I love this composition nice work!!
Have a nice weekend !!

10:02 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

this is good, colours and perspective work really well..

10:42 PM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Yanik said...

I love this shot...Really nice colours...I'm clueless when it comes to photoshop...Need to start practicing!!!

12:19 AM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

I think you did very well on the post-processing here, Timmybomb. Way to make good use out of bad weather. In really crappy weather, when it's not raining of course, you can get some fantastic results. Fog is awesome (if you were graced with any). Cheers, Brent

12:43 AM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Loving this shot, one of my favourites from you ,lovely angle and composition and loving contrast with the dull sky.I;d say my absolute favourite from you actrually.GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!

5:46 AM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Faustina said...

amazing. Great job with photoshop. I love it.

6:29 AM, June 03, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

This is lovely Timmybomb. Talk about making the mundane and everyday striking and captivating.
Its results like this that cause me to be puzzled at the "purists". I think they should take time out to learn some digital post-processing techniques. When they've been mastered then they can talk about "true photography". My personal thoughts....

8:28 AM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

I love shots like this! The rusty, brown contrasts with the stormy sky. Looks good.

6:21 PM, June 03, 2006  
Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Nice work timmybomb. Only 87 more to go for the book.

we're back & lagged

unklrbrt

9:21 PM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is really creative Timmy. The sky in the picture works really well. I've always liked pictures with some kind of long thing filling up most of the shot as it trails off into the distance. Great work!

7:02 AM, June 04, 2006  
Blogger Kris said...

am liking this!!!

8:25 AM, June 04, 2006  
Anonymous Still said...

Fantastic frame for this one.

9:38 AM, June 04, 2006  
Anonymous GeeTee said...

If this is just practice then it is very good idea.

Very striking and a fabulous composition.

My only piece of criticism (constructive I hope) is that the light in the forground does not match with that dark sky. Mind you, I know how difficult that can be and I rarely get it right myself.

9:41 AM, June 04, 2006  
Anonymous GeeTee said...

Sorry, I meant to type 'indeed' above, not 'idea'.

9:42 AM, June 04, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

nice angle and perspective:-)

7:10 PM, June 04, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

It should rain every day if this is what you are going to come up with when the weather is uncooperative. ;o)

Very well done.

9:36 PM, June 04, 2006  
Blogger Jasp said...

Stunning photograph..as simple as that.

1:15 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

Good angle and close up. What are those white dots on the rail and wood? They seem to be of same intensity which looks unnatural.

1:39 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Pete said...

Hey Tim this is an incredible image. Sooner or later youre going to have to change your tag line..

2:54 PM, June 08, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

great great great bit of work on this one!!! fantastic perspective .. & the bright warmth of the tracks contracts excellently with the dull broody sky! great detail/focus sorta thing too!!

stunning!
;)

10:57 PM, June 14, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

Excellent image! Gorgeous color and detail.

1:20 AM, June 20, 2006  

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